Finding a dog trainer is easy. You will likely stumble upon multiple trainers offering their services without straying too far from your area.
Of course, there’s no guarantee that any old dog trainer will be able to work well with your dog or puppy. You must evaluate a trainer’s qualifications carefully before you decide whether or not to hire them.
Detailed in this article are the qualities that good dog trainers possess. Look for them while evaluating your trainer so you can gain a better grasp on their qualifications.
Dog Trainer Possess Certain Certifications
Although certification is not required for dog trainers, most professionals still seek them out as a way of legitimizing themselves in the eyes of potential clients. According to The Balance Careers, some of the more popular certifications are provided by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, the International Association of Canine Professionals, and the Karen Pryor Academy.
You can be more confident in a trainer’s abilities if they possess one of those certifications.
The Trainer Offers Classes Suitable for Your Pet
All dogs can benefit from training, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that all training environments are suitable for dogs. If you have a pup that hasn’t had the opportunity to mingle with other pets yet, they may struggle mightily during a group training session. Then again, some dogs thrive when they are in the company of other pets.
Before hiring a trainer, check if the classes they offer are suitable for your pet. Hopefully, they offer different types of classes. That way, you’ll be able to sign your dog up for the classes that will work best for them.
The Trainer Involves You as Much as Possible
Good trainers don’t just teach dogs to become more obedient. They also make sure that your pet understands and obeys your specific commands.
To do that, they must involve you prominently in the training process. Even if you cannot attend all training sessions, the trainer should still make an effort to rope you into some lessons whenever you are free.
Your pet may not react well to your commands if you are rarely ever involved in their training. If that is the outcome of their training, then the sessions may have been for naught.
Reputable dog trainers are out there and you’ll be able to identify them quickly by looking for the qualities mentioned above. If you need dog training, we at TAILored Pet Services can offer our assistance. Call 425-923-7791 or visit our website if you are interested in our puppy foundation or reactive rover packages.